Periodontal Therapy - Klamath Falls, OR
Treat and Manage Gum Tissue With Periodontal Therapy!
In the event that your gums become inflamed due to plaque buildup, you don’t necessarily have to settle for the symptoms that accompany it. While advanced gum disease is impossible to fully reverse, there are treatments that work to stop its progression in its tracks. These treatments include scaling and root planing, which a study from the American Dental Association found benefits patients with chronic periodontitis.
What is Gum Disease?
Gum (periodontal) disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support teeth. Without this essential tissue, teeth cannot confidently stay in the mouth, regardless of the health of the enamel itself. It’s considered the number one cause of tooth loss in adults and affects millions of Americans every day. While there are several causes for gum disease, the most common culprit is plaque buildup, which is the sticky film secreted from oral bacteria.
Gum disease comes in two main stages: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is largely reversible and is the mildest form of gum disease. While a simple professional cleaning and improved at-home care can treat this condition, there are very few recognizable symptoms. If left untreated, it can easily develop into periodontitis, including the advanced forms which require significant treatment to manage.
When is Scaling and Root Planing Recommended?
As plaque develops below the gum line, toxins from the bacteria inside the plaque begin irritating the gums and trigger an inflammatory response in the body. As a result, the tissue and bone supporting teeth are broken down and eventually destroyed. This is characterized by the gums separating from teeth and forming pockets.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you’ll want to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Klamath Falls today to get treatment.
- Bright red or purplish gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Swollen or puffy gums
- Receding gums that make teeth appear longer
- Chronic bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Painful chewing
- New spaces between teeth
How Scaling and Root Planing Help
Periodontal techniques like scaling and root planing are the best treatments for gums at this stage. These treatments are specifically intended for removing plaque below the gum line, an area that no store-bought toothbrush or floss can effectively do.
Scaling is the process of removing plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) from above and below the gum line. Typically, dentists will administer a local anesthetic in order to reduce any possible discomfort beforehand. Following this scaling treatment is root planing, which involves smoothing out the surface of your tooth roots, allowing the gum tissue to properly heal an reattach itself to your teeth.
After treatment, Dr. Singer may recommend additional follow-up treatments to help you manage your gum disease. This may also be coupled with an at-home oral care plan and a prescription medication or mouth rinse to fight off future infections.
With periodontal therapy in Klamath Falls, there is hope for your gum tissue. Contact our office to get scheduled for treatment today!